Laine Rettmer

DIRECTOR

Laine Rettmer

Laine Rettmer is an opera director and visual artist known for their dynamic and provocative stagings which frequently utilize video and cinematic strategies. Rettmer's Rape of Lucretia was praised as “not only profound but also shattering” by the Observer, and her Macbeth, "so strong that perhaps for the first time, the how and where of the event receded into the background", by the New York Times.

On Site Opera
Artistic Advisory Board, 2019 - present
Loft Opera
Resident Director , 2014 - 2017
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Schedule

Ophelia's Life Dre...
Director

Guerilla Opera , 2020


Turn of the Screw
Director

IlluminArts, 2021

Standby Snow: Chro...
Director

Mountain Time Arts , 2021


Athena
Director

Ecce Ensemble, 2021

Macbeth
Director

Loft Opera, 2017

Rumpelstiltskin
Director

Rhymes With Opera , 2018

Lucrezia Borgia
Director

Loft Opera, 2015

Rape of Lucretia
Director

Loft Opera, 2016

The Barber of Sevi...
Director

Loft Opera, 2014

Impossible She
Director

Rhymes With Opera , 2019

Pedr Solis
Director

Guerilla Opera , 2015

Switch
Director

Ecce Ensemble, 2016

Standby Snow: Chr...
Director

Mountain TIme Arts, 2019

The Creek Between ...
Director

Mountain Time Arts , 2020

La Boheme
Director

Loft Opera, 2014

Biography

Laine Rettmer is a visual artist and opera director. Rettmer’s work has been presented nationally and internationally at the Vizcaya Museum; Manifesta; MoMA Public, curated by Mel Logan and Jakob Boeskov; the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum for the exhibition, Hot Steam; the Yuan Art Museum; NADA NY, NADA Presents; and AREA gallery, among others. Rettmer's opera productions have been praised as “wickedly smart” and “devastatingly funny” by The New York Times, and “not only profound but also shattering” by the Observer. Their Barber of Seville, was named one of the top 10 classical music productions of 2014 by the New York Times and La Bohème one of the best operas of the decade by the Observer. She is currently on the Artistic Advisory Board of On-Site Opera.

Rettmer has also worked extensively on new opera with such companies as New York City Opera, Ecce Ensemble, Guerrilla Opera, and Rhymes with Opera. Recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a MAP Fund grant for the collaborative opera, Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heat Wave, and being a resident artist at Robert Wilson's Watermill Foundation on Long Island, and MassArt’s Brant Gallery among others.

In addition to teaching performance and digital media at the Rhode Island School of Design, Rettmer has served as a residential scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They hold a BFA in Stage Direction from NYU and MFA in Fine Art from SMFA Tufts.
"The real coup of the evening, however, was Laine Rettmer’s direction… At once expansive and claustrophobic, quiescent and ephemeral. The sensuality of Rettmer’s staging lent candor and sincerity to the work, the director never shying away from the physicality of Roosevelt and Hickok’s relationship. Rettmer found symbolism, fluidity, and play within the opera’s musico-dramatic patchwork."
— Callum John Blackmore, Parterre, 05/17/19